North Canterbury, New Zealand
The ‘Oriental’, a barque of 506 tons, was one of the
first five ships sent out to New Zealand by the
Zealand Land Company. In addition to her voyages to
Wellington and New Plymouth, she made further passages
to Lyttelton, Auckland, Nelson and Dunedin.
First ship to sail from London, and
second to reach Port Nicholson, was the ‘Oriental’,
506 tons, Captain William Wilson, by which 155
people came out, 62 being males and 93 females.
Sailing from Gravesend on September
15th, 1839, and Deal six days later, she called at
the island of Santiago, Cape Verde Group, and that
was the last land seen until on January 22nd she
entered Port Hardy, that being the day the ‘Aurora’
reached Port Nicholson.
It was not until the 29th that the
ship was off Port Nicholson, and then the wind
failed. Captain Wilson was a good deal perplexed by
the long line of rocks that runs right out from
Sinclair Head, and the next day he sent the mate
away in the cutter to investigate. Of course the
mate soon discovered the entrance, but there was no
wind, the weather was thick, and there was a strong
ebb tide, so the anchor was dropped.
The following morning Colonel
Wakefield came out in a ship's boat, bringing with
him a pilot. Though there was a head wind, the
‘Oriental’ beat into the harbour, and at 6pm on
January 31st, 1840, she dropped anchor off Somes
Island, receiving a salute of guns from the ‘Cuba’
and the ‘Aurora’.
The ‘Oriental’ 506 tons, Captain
William Watson, the third of the barques chartered
by the company, sailed from Plymouth on June 22nd,
1841, and arrived at New Plymouth on November 7th,
after first calling in at Port Nicholson.
From London, Captain Macey; arrived
at Lyttelton during August. After landing passengers
and cargo, she was employed trading between
Australia and New Zealand. On the 26th November she
bought over 80 horses, 150 head cattle, and 1500
sheep for Wellington and Lyttelton.
From Portsmouth, arrived at Auckland
February 26th, with passengers and cargo, 108 days
out. She Proceeded on to Lyttelton.
Sailed from London June 11th; arrived
at Nelson October 6th; after landing passengers
proceeded to Wellington, arriving on October 13th,
and landing 56 passengers. She then sailed for
Lyttelton, arriving at that port on November 16th.
Sailed from London November 1st,
1858; arrived at Port Chalmers on February 10th, and
Lyttelton on February 17th. Captain Macey was in
command during all the voyages from England after
the first passage to Wellington, and Captain Hyde,
according to the reports published in Wellington,
had charge of the vessel when trading to New South
White Wings, Volume 1, 1924, Volume
2, 1928, Henry Brett
Published by Brett Printing Company,
Port of Auckland Shipping
Oriental, barque, 500 tons, J C Macey from London.
Charles V Neville, Charles and Ann Fraser, Charles,
Eliza, Helen and Marltilda Barley, William Lawrie,
James, Sarah, Emily, Helena, Alfred, Charlotte and
Harriet Speedy, Henry and Albert Gray, Granville Sharp,
William and Anna Wood, Robert and Henry Seaman, James,
Georgina, John, Georgina, Florence and Emma Barry, Sarah
Lock, Florence Lock, Matthew Scott, James R Bode,
Stanners and Harriett Jones, Ann and Jane Barnard,
Benjamin Hawkins, Michael and Gabriel Lewis, Isabel
Hunsworth, Francis Phayne, Mary Collender, Charles,
Elizabeth, Ann and Elizabeth Hick, Agnes Lyons,
Launcelot, Rachel, Mary, Lot,
Thomas, Samuel, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Eliza and Martha
Giles, Sarah Seymour, Leonard, Hannah and Jemima
White, Alexander and Fanny Lecky, Harry Rudd, Edward
Austin, John J Seymour, Felix Seymour,
Ada Augusta Oriental Giles
(born on the voyage).
Oriental, Captain Macey, arrived in harbour on Monday at
2.20pm after a pleasant passage of 108 days from
sailed from Gravesend on the 4 November;
touched at Portsmouth, on her way down Channel, and took
her departure thence on the 9 November. It
was reported at Portsmouth that the Northern side of
Sebastopol had been taken by the allies. The passage of
the Oriental proved to be a remarkably fine one; she
experienced moderate weather throughout, there never
having been occasion to reef topsails.
A birth occurred
on the 27 November and the “Ocean Child”
was named Ada Augusta Oriental Giles. On the 13
December, the Equator was crossed. And on the 4
January the ship passed within sight of the island of
Tristan d' Acunha.
In latitude 26
degrees South, longitude 30 degrees West she spoke to
the ship ‘Harriett Humbolt’, from Liverpool, bound to
Callao. She passed to the southward of Tasmania and made
The Three Kings on the 20 at 6.00am.
Ships in Port
Oriental, barque, 500 tons, J C Macey,
discharging, from London.
W S Grahame, Agent
The New Zealander, Wednesday, March
The Barque ‘Oriental’, Macey, Master,
1000 tons, will sail for the above port in about ten
days. For Freight or Passage apply to the
W S Grahame, Agent, Auckland, 10th
The New Zealander, Saturday, March
The Barque ‘Oriental, Macey, Master,
1000 tons, will sail for the above port positively
this day, Saturday. For Freight or Passage apply to
W S Grahame, Agent, Auckland, 29th
The New Zealander, Saturday, March
Port of Auckland Shipping Intelligence:
March 29: Oriental, barque 500 tons,
C J Macey, for Canterbury.
Passengers: Mr and Mrs A McDermit, Mr
and Mrs W D Wood, Mr & Mrs Giles and 9 children, Mr
& Mrs L White & child, Messers Wilson, H F and A C
Gray, G Sharp, R and H Seaman, J R Bode, Ann R and
Jane Barnard, Mary Callender, Sarah Seymour.
Exports - Foreign
Per Oriental, for Canterbury:- part
of original cargo shipped at London, shipped at
Auckland, 2 barrels blasting powder, 1 case.
The barque Oriental, Captain Macey,
dropped down to the North Head in the course of
Saturday afternoon, and took her departure for
Canterbury on Monday, at 7.00am.
The New Zealander, Wednesday, April
We hear that the ‘Oriental’ was ready
for sea, having her mails on board when the
‘Zingari’ arrived at Auckland, but that she had not
left when the ‘Zingari’ steamed for the southern
provinces. The ‘Oriental’ has a English mail on
board, in addition to the one brought out by her.
The Lyttelton Times, 2 April, 1856
Arrived April 12, barque Oriental,
500 tons, C J Macey, from London via Auckland.
Passengers, Mr and Mrs A McDermitt, Mr and Mrs D
Wood, Messers Wilson, H I and A C Gray, G Thorp,
Rev. Chas and Mrs Fraser, W L White, wife, and
child; R and H Seamen, Jane and Ann M Barnard, Sarah
Seymour, Mary Collander, Emma Laurie,
L Giles, wife, and 9 children;
and J R Bode.
In the Oriental, Cookson & Co,
agents, 12qr casks gin, C W Bishop; 115 cases wine,
M J Burke; 3 cases, 32 packages, R Latter; 10 half
hhds, and 46 packages, Cookson and Co; 3 packages, I
Luck; 75 cases gin,and 4 packages, A Pigeon; 14
packages, C G Tripp; 79 do, 3 cases, and 2 casks, A
E White and Co; 11 packages, A Lefilliatre; 9 do, J
Fry; 5 do, Rowley; 3 do, Waitt and Co; 1 box, Mrs
Bridge; 1 do, E Dobson; 1 chest, Phillips; 2 wheels,
Mrs Deans; 1 case, Cuff; 1 do, W Baines; 1 package,
J E FitzGerald; 2 do, Kennaway; 1 do, E Lee; 10 do,
D Wood; 30 casks, Cookson & Co; 1 box, G C Beard; 1
do, J Dixon; 1 case, Bowron; 1 do, Washbourne; 1 do,
B Muter; 1 do, C G Hodgson; 1 package, B Scruton; 2
barrels blasting powder, Provincial Government.
Presbyterian: Among the passengers by
the Oriental, which arrived in our port on Saturday
last, was the Reverend Charles Fraser, the recently
appointed clergyman of the Free Church of Scotland.
We congratulate our Presbyterian readers on the
arrival of a minister of their own Church. Mr Fraser
we hear will officiate in the Wesleyan Chapel,
Christchurch, next Sunday.
The Lyttelton Times, 16 April, 1856
Sailed April 26th, barque Oriental,
500 tons, Macey, for Singapore.
The Lyttelton Times, 30 April, 1856
Shipping Papers -
Family in Steerage
Brian W Smith, P O Box
40351, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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